d’Histoire de l’Art
The Comité International
d'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA) has as its aims:
1. To develop the historical and
methodological study of artistic activities and productions.
2. To ensure permanent links between
art historians of all countries.
3. To stimulate international
meetings of art historians:
a) The Congrès Internationaux
d'Histoire de l'Art (hereafter CIHA Congresses).
These are normally held approximately every four years. They are
autonomous, but they
are organised by or under the aegis of the CIHA National Committees
of the countries in
which they are held, and under the overall control of the CIHA.
Art historians of all
nationalities shall be able to participate in these Congresses.
b) Colloquia. Certain international Colloquia may be given the
title of CIHA (hereafter
CIHA Colloquia) if their proposed programs are given the approval
of the CIHA Bureau and meet the standard requirements of CIHA
4. To stimulate and coordinate
the dissemination of information about research undertaken under
the aegis of CIHA.
5. To disseminate information
and publicity about art historical activities worldwide: conferences,
publications, research projects, etc.
6. To study means of improving
methods of teaching and research, and of increasing the research
resources available to art historians: data bases, bibliographies,
photographic and iconographical documentation, etc.
7. To serve international cooperation
in the sense defined by the CIPSH.
1. The CIHA has as its organs the Bureau and
the General Assembly.
1. The CIHA is composed of Titular Members
and Supplementary Members.
2. Each member country is represented by one
or more Titular Members and/or Supplementary Members; their number
is fixed by the CIHA.
3. Nominations for the CIHA are proposed by
National Committees and presented to the Bureau which submits them
to the CIHA at a General Assembly. Nominations are normally accepted
except for serious reasons. When an objection is presented by one
or more members, the Assembly accepts or rejects the objection by
simple majority in a secret ballot.
4. All nominations for the CIHA shall be submitted
to the Scientific Secretary at least three months before a General
5. Titular Members of the CIHA are normally
elected for a maximum of two terms (a term is the interval between
one CIHA Congress and the next). A Titular Member who is elected
to the Bureau may serve a third term. In addition, he/she may serve
an extra term as a Supplementary Member before becoming a Titular
Member. The total number of terms served, as Titular and Supplementary,
shall not exceed three, or four if elected to the Bureau.
6. A former Titular Member or Supplementary
Member shall be eligible for reelection to the CIHA after a period
of two terms has elapsed since the end of his/her previous membership
of the CIHA.
7. Supplementary Members are invited to attend
Assemblies and to participate in discussions. However, they do not
have the right to vote except as substitute for an absent Titular
Member from the same country. The total number of votes cast by
Members from a country shall not exceed the number of Titular Members
from that country.
8. Membership of the CIHA is terminated:
a) by resignation
b) by the Member reaching the end of his or her period of membership
c) by expulsion, with a two thirds majority of votes cast in secret
ballot at a General
9. No Member shall continue to serve on the
CIHA after the Congress following his or her professional retirement.
10. Applications for membership from countries
not represented on the CIHA, and for enlargement of the delegations
of countries already represented, shall be decided by the General
Assembly, and notified to the Scientific Secretary six months before
such a meeting.
11. The CIHA may elect Honorary Members. Proposals
for election should be presented to the General Assembly, duly proposed
by at least five Titular Members from different countries.
12. In addition, three elected representatives
of the International Association of Research Institutes in the History
of Art (RIHA) shall be members of the General Assembly.
1. The Bureau, a subcommittee of the CIHA,
is the executive committee of the ClHA.
2. The Bureau is composed of the President
and a number of Vice-Presidents.
3. At each Congress, the Bureau is elected
at a General Assembly to hold office for the term until the next
4. Bureau members shall serve on the Bureau
for a maximum of two terms.
5. Membership of the Bureau shall be composed
of between nine and twelve members, with no more than one from any
country, and at least two from the Americas, and two from Asia and
6. Members of the Bureau shall be elected by
secret ballot at a General Assembly; any Titular Member may stand
for election duly proposed and seconded by two other Members, or
by their National Committee.
7. All nominations for the Bureau shall be
submitted to the Scientific Secretary at least six months before
the Assembly. Nominations will be circulated, with a brief résumé
of the candidate, to all Titular Members and Supplementary Members
at least three months before the General Assembly.
8. In case of vacancies on the Bureau arising
between meetings of the Assembly, the Bureau may co-opt a maximum
of three members, to serve until the next Assembly, when they will
be eligible for election through the normal channels.
9. During the preparation of a CIHA Congress,
the President of the organizing committee shall be co-opted to the
10. The Presidency of the CIHA shall be held
for one term; the President will come from the organizing country
of the Congress at which he or she takes office.
11. The President represents the CIHA in all
normal circumstances, and especially in relations with the CIPSH,
12. The President decides on the convening
of the Bureau and on its provisional agenda.
13. If the President is unable to serve, the
Bureau shall designate one of its members as Provisional President
for the duration of the President's inability to act or until the
14. The Bureau shall elect an Administrative
Secretary/Treasurer and a Scientific Secretary. They may be, but
shall not necessarily be, also members of the Bureau. If a Secretary
is not a member of the Bureau, he/she shall not have a vote.
15. The Administrative Secretary/Treasurer
is responsible for the administration of the resources of the CIHA,
for ensuring the payment of subscriptions, and for making payments
authorized by the President. The accounts shall be presented at
every General Assembly, after examination by two independent public
16. The Scientific Secretary draws up the agendas
and minutes of the CIHA and prepares reports on its activities.
17. The Bureau may propose to the Assembly
the appointment of a Deputy Administrative Secretary/Treasurer ,
who shall not have the right to vote.
18. The prior exercise of the offices of President,
Scientific Secretary and Administrative Secretary/Treasurer shall
not preclude the possibility of election or re-election to the Bureau.
19. The decisions of the Bureau are taken by
a simple majority. In case of a tie, the President shall have the
20. The quorum for Bureau meetings shall be
a minimum of six of its members.
21. The Bureau meets as often as is necessary
for the conduct of its business, but it shall meet at least once
per calendar year. Its meetings are convened by the Scienfic Secretary
on the instructions of the President, or as the result of a written
request from at least three of its members.
22. Except for the Secretaries, and co-opted
members, no non-elected person may regularly attend Bureau meetings.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
1. The General Assembly is composed of the
members of the CIHA.
2. The General Assembly has executive powers
over all questions concerning the functioning of the CIHA and the
accomplishment of its aims.
3. The General Assembly meets at every CIHA
Congress and at least once in the interval between Congresses.
4. Extraordinary sessions may be held on the
initiative of the President, with the approval of the Bureau, or
on the written request of at least one fifth of the Titular Members
of the CIHA.
5. Decisions of the General Assembly, apart
from the exceptions mentioned in these Statutes, are taken on a
simple majority of votes cast.
6. For important votes, on the request of the
Bureau, or at the request of five members of the CIHA, votes will
be cast by delegation, with each country having as many votes as
it has Titular Members; Titular Members or Supplementary Members
may vote in the name of absent Titular Members .
7. The agenda of meetings of the General Assembly
is prepared by the Bureau and sent to members at least two months
before the meeting of the Assembly (or one month in the case of
8. Matters not on the agenda may not be considered
without the consent of at least two thirds of members present.
9. The General Assembly may create specialized
commissions and nominate their members. The heads of these commissions
may be associated with the activities of the Bureau.
10. Representatives of other organizations
may be invited to attend meetings of the General Assembly on a regular
or occasional basis; they shall not have voting rights.
1. National Committees are composed
of art historians working in all branches of the discipline: those
working in teaching institutions, museums and galleries, and other
professional art historians, including independent scholars.
2. National Committees fix their
Statutes and their composition after consultation with the CIHA.
Any changes must be notified to the CIHA. Where possible, links
should be sought between National Committees and national associations
of art historians.
3. National Committees shall meet
at least once per calendar year.
4. National Committees are responsible
for the nomination of national representatives on the CIHA, when
a place in the national delegation falls vacant.
5. National Committees shall collaborate
in the organization of CIHA Congresses and Colloquia in their country,
and in the other scholarly enterprises of the CIHA.
6. The Bureau may charge one or
more people to organize a new National Committee in a country or
a group of countries where none exists.
LEGAL STATUS AND RESOURCES OF THE CIHA
1. The seat of the CIHA shall be that of the
Administrative Secretary/Treasurer, and shall be located in Switzerland.
The CIHA adopts the legal form of an international scholarly association
in the sense of articles 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code.
These articles posit only one obligation for international scholarly
associations, that they should have a Secretariat in Switzerland.
2. The level of annual subscriptions is fixed
by the General Assembly . Subscriptions are only payable by Titular
Members, not Supplementary Members, and are due on 1 January.
3. Non-payment of the subscription without
acceptable reasons shall be taken as implying resignation from the
CIHA. The Bureau shall determine the circumstances in which the
subscription may be waived.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES OF THE CIHA
The off1cial languages of the CIHA shall be
English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The proceedings of
the CIHA, and of CIHA Congresses and Colloquia , shall be made available
in at least two of these languages.
RELATIONS WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
The CIHA may establish relationships with other
organizations, where appropriate.
1. The decision to dissolve the CIHA shall
be taken by the Assembly with a two thirds majority.
2. In case of dissolution, the Assembly shall
nominate three liquidators of different nationalities.
3. In such circumstances the assets of the
CIHA shall be passed to scholarly associations designated by the
The detailed application of the present Statutes
is established by internal Regulations prepared by the Bureau and
approved by the Assembly.
RATIFICATION OF STATUTES
The present Statutes shall become
effective on xx September 2000, having been ratified by the General
Assembly on that date.
2. The Statutes may be emended
by the General Assembly at CIHA Congress with a two-thirds majority.
The present English text shall
have legal status for the interpretation of the Statutes.